From Hollywood blockbusters where killer robots threaten to take over the world, to real-world applications where technology can provide in-depth content analysis, artificial intelligence (AI) and its capabilities offer thrilling, yet humbling (and perhaps frightening), possibilities as to how we might relate to technology in the future.

But in many respects – particularly with current applications of AI in legal research, e-discovery, case prediction and more – the future is now.

Legal Executive Institute took an in-depth look at the state of AI in the law recently in a multipart series, and you can read them all here:

Artificial Intelligence in Law: The State of Play 2016 (Part 1)

Artificial Intelligence in Law: The State of Play 2016 (Part 2)

Artificial Intelligence in Law: The State of Play 2016 (Part 3)

And while IBM’s Watson may not have passed the bar exam just yet, to some, it’s just a matter of time.

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